JAPAN H3 ROCKET LAUNCH FAILS DUE TO 2ND ENGINE PROBLEM
We begin in southwestern Japan, where the country’s new flagship rocket has failed on its debut flight. It lifted off Tuesday morning, but once it reached space, its second engine did not ignite.
The H3 rocket rose steadily from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. But about 8 minutes later, it could not confirm ignition of the second-stage engine.
It forced crews to manually end the mission with a destruct command. Officials with Japan’s space agency will probe what happened.
The rocket was carrying an Earth observation satellite called Daichi-3. It was set to become a key tool for creating disaster management maps.
The agency first tried to launch the rocket last month. But it was aborted because of a system malfunction. The H3 was the first large rocket developed by Japan in about 30 years.
S. KOREA UNVEILS PLAN TO RESOLVE HISTORICAL ROW WITH JAPAN
We start with developing news out of South Korea. Seoul has unveiled a plan to settle a wartime labor issue with Japan.
South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin announced that a government-affiliated foundation will pay damages in place of Japanese companies to those who say they or their relatives were forced to work during World War II. In 2018, South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation.
The plan says the necessary funds are to be raised from the private sector, including donations from South Korean businesses. However, some plaintiffs have said they are against accepting payment from the foundation.
Tokyo has been saying any right to claims was settled completely and finally in 1965, when Japan and South Korea normalized ties.
CORRIDOR-SHAPED VOID FOUND IN EGYPTIAN PYRAMID
It may be an estimated 4,500 years old, but it’s still offering up surprises. A large corridor-shaped void has been found in the pyramid of ancient Egyptian King Khufu.
The space stretches about 9 meters and is roughly 2 meters in width and height. An international team of researchers announced the discovery on Thursday. They say it’s located near the pyramid’s northern slope.
They used cosmic-ray muon radiography to find it. Muons are created when cosmic rays hit the Earth’s atmosphere. Similar to X-rays, they pass through human bodies and matter.
The team says this is the first discovery of its kind in 186 years. Experts say there’s a chance similar empty spaces could be found in other pyramids in Giza.
SUSHI CHAIN DEVELOPS AI ALERT SYSTEM TO PREVENT TAMPERING
The operator of the Kura Sushi conveyor-belt restaurant chain has developed an AI-powered alert system aimed at deterring anyone from tampering with their dishes. This follows a recent series of videos of diners performing unhygienic pranks at conveyor-belt restaurants that went viral on social media.
(Okamoto Hiroyuki / Kura Sushi)
“We think these videos are extremely troubling and pose a threat to the very foundation of the sushi conveyor-belt business model.”
The company unveiled the alert system to the media. As soon as the system’s camera catches anyone returning a plate to the conveyor belt that has been touched by a customer, an alert is sent to the headquarters. Officials will then contact the manager, who will approach the perpetrator.
JAPAN-BORN DANCER REACHES TOP OF PARIS OPERA BALLET
A dancer from Japan has become one of the new stars of the world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet. Hannah O’Neill is one of only a small number of foreigners to reach the revered “etoile” status.
The company announced O’Neill’s promotion at the end of a performance at the Opera Garnier. The news was met with rapturous applause.
The Paris Opera Ballet says the 30-year-old is the first dancer from Japan to reach its highest rank. O’Neill was born in Tokyo. Her mother is Japanese, and her father is from New Zealand.
She won the Prix de Lausanne in 2009 and was named best ballerina at the Benois de la Danse in Moscow in 2016.
The Paris Opera Ballet issued a congratulatory message, calling O’Neill a shining star of the ballet world.